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After The Darkness: Episode One [Kindle Edition]

SunHi Mistwalker
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Book Description

A post-apocalyptic future of never-ending winters and permanent darkness.

Nadia Comani has never seen the sunrise or a real blade of grass. A matter of fact, she’s never been outside Calcane City’s walls and domes where the world is dark and cold and covered with ice and snow. But despite that, Nadia has everything she could ever want: power, privilege, a loving family and most importantly warmth.
But when her family refuses to compromise their values to serve the city’s corrupt elite, everything changes. Nadia is cast down from her pedestal of power onto the trash heap of the lower classes. No longer guaranteed a life of ease, Nadia faces a future of servitude. Branded as powerless and deviant, will Nadia muster the strength to save herself and what remains of her family?

Get the entire first season (six episodes): "After The Darkness: Omnibus"

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From the Author

I began writing this series in 2009 because I wanted to explore how environmental collapse can help create a corrupt society. And while most of my books explore collapsed societies and are classified as speculative fiction, science fiction and dystopian fiction, I take more than a bird's eye view of societal madness.  Instead of keeping a distance, my stories take an intimate look at the relationships between individuals living in these societies. How does the individual and family respond to environmental collapse, economic collapse, oppression and other nastiness created by unbelievably rotten cultures? Come with me to find out...

Product Details

  • File Size: 249 KB
  • Print Length: 26 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dark Tales Great Lives, LLC (April 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007R6S3RM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Feels Incomplete May 18, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic copy of this book for review through Library Thing’s Member Giveaways program.)

I’m not quite sure how to review AFTER THE DARKNESS: EPISODE ONE. The first piece in a serial, Episode One feels very much like the opening two chapters of a larger book. Which it is, in a way. Unlike other serials I’ve read, though (and I admit that my experience here is limited; heck, I sometimes avoid reading duologies and trilogies until all the novels in the series are released!), Episode One doesn’t stand on its own; the story here feels incomplete, and the world-building, in need of further exploration.

Episode One opens with the kidnapping of 14-year-old Nadia and her younger sister Mila, seemingly for sale to slavers by mercenaries (or are they law enforcement officers?) Percy and Thomas. Nadia ends up at a Calcane City girls’ “hostel,” where she’s forced to compete with hundreds of other enslaved girls for tokens – and the entertainment of the elite, including her own kidnappers. We do not know what becomes of Mila, who wasn’t part of the contract, but simply found herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s hinted that Nadia and Mila used to be part of the ruling class themselves – the term “level five” is bandied about – until their parents were betrayed by their compatriots. We’re not given any indication of her parents’ whereabouts, nor of how the girls have managed to care for themselves in the harsh, frozen landscape of Calcane City.

The premise is somewhat interesting, though I’m not sure it’s enough to compel me to pick up Episode Two. That’s the problem with serials – the format makes it way too easy to quit, especially if the author fails to hook you early on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Serial fiction thriller. September 15, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Calcane City is a harsh, dispirited place; it is also the setting for a tense and interesting start to what looks to be an engaging read. The idea of making a serial out of the story should keep readers coming back for more, I for one, will continue to read it as it kinda grabs you by the shirt tails and drags you
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3.0 out of 5 stars Many possibilities but none of them realized. March 20, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
In a new variation on an old theme, I received this book in a LibraryThing drawing as did the other 100 people who requested it.

This teaser novelette of 40 pages is the story of a dystopian future in which the rich and privileged have grown very rich and very privileged while the rest live out hard-scrabble lives at the bottom trying to stay alive.

The setting here is interesting though very much like a lot of other dystopian futures with large populations. The haves and the have-nots are at each other's throats as you'd expect. Sadly the editing here is very poor and the text is riddled with typos and errors. I don't think this even has the benefit of being able to say it's an advance copy. For such a short work I'm surprised the editing is so poor.

In summary, this tiny book has potential but needs cleaning up. It's also far too short to grab any serious interest as I'm ready to walk away and never think about it again. Many possibilities but none of them realized.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, creepy PA May 4, 2012
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Wow. I really like this. It's not easy to describe and I am totally hooked. It's a grim, morbid world of slavery and abuse and has its own peculiar customs. I can't wait for the next episode but I'm hoping the author will lower her price.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Oaky July 26, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
After the Darkness for me was weird and a bit hard to follow at times; it is in episodes however, so I assume some of the weirdness stems from not being able to fit it all in one episode.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Left me wanting more! August 12, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Left me wanting more!

This book episode is only 40 pages. The story line once you find it, shows hope for being a good one. I found the book lacking in more details about the setting and the characters. Nadia has a lot of potential in the terms of a character in a book. I would like to more about her back story and also the dystopia world background.

In the book we are not quite sure why Nadia was hiding or why she was later taken. I also want to know what is up with those chips towards the end of the book. I am looking forward to the second episode where I can hope to learn so more about what is really going on in the plot.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed! July 10, 2014
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I thought I was getting an actual book, not a chapter. Hence, the 1 star... However, I am intrigued. This brief glimpse has piqued my interest.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A promising start for a serial! May 19, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
After the Darkness: Episode One by SunHi Mistwalker is a promising beginning to the After the Darkness serial.

Authorities have broken into the home of Nadia and her sister Mila to take them. Nadia is separated from her sister and sold by the corrupt officers. She is taken to an arena with many other girls on the Day of Service and told to collect as many tokens as possible. The girls fight each other in an attempt to collect them.

After the Darkness: Episode One starts off slowly, but I am looking forward to the other installments. It is too soon to make a recommendation.
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SunHi Mistwalker is an award-winning writer who has been writing professionally since the age of fourteen. Born and raised in Chicago, Mistwalker knows a lot about how corruption, poverty, political apathy, and societal dissolution impacts individuals and families.

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